A senator from Mexico’s ruling party is introducing a bill that would allow patients easier access to cannabis-based medicines.
“This measure is responding to the urgent need to allow availability of medicines through importation,” said Senator Cristina Diaz Salazar, a member of Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.
The measure is not a wholesale legalization of medical marijuana, but seeks to permit the importation of cannabis and its derivatives for medicinal purposes. The bill would retain a prohibition on national production of the plant.
The proposed bill is unrelated to a Supreme Court decision last week permitting a single group of four people to grow, possess and smoke marijuana for recreational purposes under the right to personal freedom.